Galveston Bible is requesting help as they deal with Hurricane Harvey down in Texas. This is a brief post about an EFCA church in the Texas and Oklahoma District as to what is going on in its efforts at finding shelter for others and responding to a disaster. I am hoping that people outside Texas can donate and help those who will be in need in the days and months ahead.
“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Matthew 25:35-36 NIV
This is going to be a brief post but as I write quite a bit about the EFCA at The Wondering Eagle I want to raise an issue and write about how one church is responding to the disaster playing out in Texas right now. Galveston Bible Church is an Evangelical Free that is led by Jason Dohring. As Harvey took aim at Texas and pounded the state the response by this church to the community was really quite neat. In situations like this the faith can really shine. And truth be told watching the church respond like this is really amazing and what I prefer to write about. After Harvey made landfall and flooding was becoming an issue in the area Galveston Bible consulted with a couple of other churches and worked hard at helping to provide shelter, food and care for those affected by the hurricane. The church helped find shelter for 83 people as this storm continues to play out. Early today they were asking for donations but according to their Facebook they are requesting that donations be stopped for now. Here is the latest that Jason posted a few minutes ago.
It was a busy 26 hours as a shelter was provided by the amazing pastors in this area (Christ United), people displaced from their homes were cared for and then flown to safer, dryer areas. This temporary shelter was closed down about 4:00pm and no more donations are needed at this point. There are too many people to thank. It reminded me when God asked the children of Israel to give materials and time for the construction of the Tabernacle and the outpouring was so great that Moses had to tell the people to STOP. We had to turn donations away! Special thanks for Mario’s on 61st and Dominos for providing food to feed 52 evacuees and about 1-2 dozen volunteers and that was just at our location, they also provided food for other shelters as well. Thankful for this community.
You can see a picture below of the efforts that came in as people responded to Hurricane Harvey. The images come from the churches Facebook page.
While the church doesn’t need any physical denotations they are still soliciting financial donations that will help people. You can donate through their webpage and that can help people in the long term. For those like myself who are outside the geographic region that can be a way to help out in the long term. The challenge that will be faced will be when disaster fatigue sets in and people become focused on other issues. The needs by people in the Galveston area will still be great especially for those who can lose housing, possessions and more. To financially donate you can do so here. For updates on the hour by hour situation you can check their Facebook page which Jason Dohring is updating as the situation changes. And as Jason requested please pray for these people being affected by this massive hurricane. I grew up in California but when I moved to the Washington, D.C. area my first experience with a hurricane was Sandy back in 2012. I still remember filling up the bathtub with water. Seeing the lines of people in the grocery store trying to get the necessary items before the storm hit. So to Galveston Bible we’re praying for you. This post is being Tweeted to other districts in the EFCA so that they may be aware of what one EFCA church is facing. Perhaps the EFCA can step up and help out long term in Galveston and Houston. Take care Galveston you are on many people’s minds tonight.